'The happiest 5k on the planet'

TESSA JOHNSTONE
Last updated 14:57 30/03/2014

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Wellingtonians turned out in force for the first shot at ''the happiest 5k on the planet''.

The Colour Run New Zealand, held at Trentham Memorial Park Sunday, sees runners tackle the fun run while being showered in coloured powder at every kilometre.

National manager Luke Hannan said they had about 6500 runners in Wellington - double what Christchurch had and just shy of Auckland's turnout.

''Everywhere we've looked for the last three and half hours there's just smiles, whether it's a two-year-old girl or an 80-year-old man and all in between it's pure smiles - it's been a really, really fun day.''

Hannan said about 60 per cent of runners indicated during registration that they had never considered doing a fun run before, and some people had never run 5km before.

It was a fun way to introduce people to healthy lifestyles, said Hannan.

The Colour Run was founded in the United States in 2012 and is now hosted in more than 30 countries - it was the first time it had been held in New Zealand.

Hannan said wherever they go people embrace the spirit of the event, dubbed ''the happiest 5k on the planet'', and New Zealand has been no different.

He said the New Zealand events had been very successful and organisers would be talking about setting 2015 dates next week.

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- The Dominion Post

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